Corruption must end in order to achieve sustainable development

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No country, region or community is immune to corruption, a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. File Photo: UNODC

Corruption and bribery must end if new development goals are to be achieved; that's according to the UN Secretary-General in an address to a meeting on the UN Convention against Corruption.

In September the international community agreed the new Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, 17 anti-poverty targets that will frame global development over the next 15 years.

Ana Carmo reports.

The international community must take bold decisions and act decisively to strengthen the global fight against corruption and bribery.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the world's largest anti-corruption forum meeting in St Petersburg, Russia.

Mr Ban's message was read out by the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov.

"To achieve the new development agenda, we must end corruption and bribery.  Public-private partnerships will be essential in this fight.  To reject corruption, every sector of society must act together, including government bodies, civil society, the media, young people and businesses."

Adopted in 2003, the UN Convention against Corruption is the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument.

Every two years the signatories to the Convention meet to review its implementation and discuss how States can better tackle corruption.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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